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Watson could miss first Test against West Indies

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):

All-rounder Shane Watson could miss Australia's first Test match against West Indies in Dominica as he prepares for the birth of his second child in Sydney.

Watson has delayed his departure for the Caribbean, and will miss the only warm-up match ahead of the first Test, a three-day game starting in Antigua tomorrow.

However, he is hoping he can still arrive in Dominica in time to be considered for selection for the first Test.

"They've said that I don't have to play the tour game but, obviously, there is going to have to be a certain amount of time for me to get there, if it works out that way, to be able to play the first Test," Watson said.

"Coming off playing Twenty20 cricket, and then it's a long flight, and recovering from a long flight into a Test match. I'm going to have to have a decent-enough sort of lead-up anyway to be right

to go."

Watson returned to Sydney last week at the end of his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with the Rajasthan Royals.

West Indies have preparation camp which started in Barbados on Monday, before the first Test, which bowls off at Windsor Park in Dominica on June 3.

The second Test starts at Sabina Park in Kingston on June 11.